Robert Nielsen, 1927-2017

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Funeral services for Robert E. Nielsen, 90, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Private burialwill be at East Freeborn Cemetery. Military honors will accorded by the Freeborn County servicemen’s organization. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Online condolences are welcome at

Robert died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Good Samaritan Center of Albert Lea.

Robert Nielsen

Robert Emmanuel Nielsen was born on June 19, 1927, in Fairmont, the son of Holger and Katherine (Lorenzen) Nielsen. He had five brothers and three sisters and grew up in Albert Lea. Bob was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in 1945 to 1946. He was so happy to take an honor flight to Washington D.C. in 2011.

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Bob was united in marriage to Donna Mae Miller on Dec. 5, 1948, in Titonka, Iowa. They raised their three sons in Albert Lea. Bob rarely missed a Minnesota Twins, Gophers or Vikings game on TV or radio. He even made it to the new Gopher stadium recently for a football game with his sons.

Bob worked at Queen Stove in Albert Lea for 43 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and holiday gatherings were especially important to him. He was so happy to have his cousins from Denmark visit this past spring and summer to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Bob was a longtime member of the Albert Lea Odd Fellows and the Golden K Kiwanis Club and a member of the American Legion. He especially enjoyed these last two years at Bancroft Creek Estates, where he made many new friends. The family appreciates the care and concern of the residents and staff there and the Rehab Wing of Good Samaritan.

Bob’s faith and belief in Jesus was very important in his life. He was a long-time member of Albert Lea United Methodist Church.

Bob is survived by his wife, Donna, of nearly 69 years; sister, Virginia Friskus, of Iowa Falls; sons John (Sue) of Albert Lea, Jim (Sue) of Rochester and Jerry (Trudy) of Mankato; six grandchildren, Luke (Katie), Matt (Jess), Tosha, Jennifer, Nate (Erin) and Brooke (Nick); 14 great-grandchildren, Alex, Lindsey, Sadie, Skylar, Addie, Nevaeh, Louis, Lilly, Isaac, Nova, Avery, Brynn, Bree and Briggs; and many cousins — including some in Denmark — nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, five brothers and two sisters.

Blessed be his memory.